Upcoming Exhibitions

Dates subject to change
Saturday, May 31, 2014 - Saturday, September 20, 2014

Featuring over twenty works from the Taubman Museum of Art’s permanent collection in a variety of media, Summer Lovin’ highlights images that resonate with our nostalgic impressions of the summer season. Beginning with Memorial Day at the end of May and ending with Labor Day in September, the summer season is a short-lived time for Americans to recharge and relax. The exhibition presents work by artists from the 18th century to present time that touch on favorite activities of the summer season such as family vacations, visits to the beach, seeing fireworks, picnicking, and taking the time to eat favorite summertime snacks such as ice cream and watermelon. From Winslow Homer’s Harper...

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - Saturday, September 6, 2014

Jennifer D. Anderson, associate professor of art at Hollins University, works in printmaking, paper cutting and drawing. Her intricately detailed works combine pattern and imagery to reflect on memory and our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. For the mural project, Resolute Understandings of Fragile Things Anderson will hand cut intricate stencils that will be printed on the retaining wall outside of Norah's Cafe. Using elements around the museum as inspiration, the mural presents the tenacious relationship between the natural and man-made environment as the mural itself functions as a "wall paper" with a pattern similar to those found in the formal dining rooms of Victorian homes...

Friday, June 13, 2014 - Saturday, September 27, 2014

Kevin Jerome Everson (b. 1965) uses the visual language of documentary film to create real fictions that are elegant re-creations of observed but often overlooked reality. For Don’t Need for None, his first solo museum exhibition in Virginia, the internationally acclaimed experimental filmmaker debuts three new short films: Workers Leaving the Job Site (2013), Sound That (2014), and Fe 26 (2014) that represent his continued interest in the gestures and tasks of working class African American culture. The films are also testaments to the changing economic conditions of Everson’s hometown of Mansfield, Ohio, a Mid-western community that symbolizes America’s post-...

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Saturday, September 13, 2014

Bill Rutherfoord: Allegory of No Region presents the culmination of eight years of concentrated labor producing a massive painting and sculptural project by one of the region's most respected artists. Eleven large scale colorful and densely populated paintings invite the viewer into a complex interweaving of narrative, symbol, and form. Inspiration is drawn from artistic and literary figures as divergent as Jean Cocteau, Jasper Johns, and Joel Chandler Harris while historical references extend from Jamestown to Fort Sumter to the BP Gulf oil disaster. The reclaimed character Brer Rabbit leads the viewer on an epic journey across three centuries of heroism and trickery both comic and tragic...

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - Saturday, January 17, 2015

Sculptor Ralph Eaton’s first large-scale site-specific museum project draws from nearly three decades of “laying bare the absurdities” of our culture’s fascination with “junk.” Commissioned by the Taubman Museum of Art, Fuzzy Kudzu (2013-14) transforms the City of Roanoke Atrium into an otherworldly fantasyland, where a thirty-foot cascade of white furry tendrils made from restructured stuffed animals spills over the central balcony, countering the building’s architecture in ways both welcoming and unsettling. The title of the monumental work refers to the kudzu plant familiar to any Southerner, an invasive summertime vine that enshrouds anything in its path. Likewise are we as a culture being...